One of the biggest benefits that drew me to purchasing my countertops at the Home Depot was that they professionally measure the space for you. At some of the other retailers, you have to measure yourself and they send you a plastic template that you lay out to confirm. Although you can confirm with the template, there is still a lot of liability if it doesn’t fit right!
Last weekend I was excited to finally order my quartz countertops for my kitchen remodel project. I have been waiting for a good sale and for the free time to be able to tackle the project. Since I had the countertops already picked out and planned, it was a pretty easy process. I thought I’d share how the process went and my advice if you are planning to purchase counters in the future.
One of the first parts of my kitchen remodel was to update my screen porch into a more usable mudroom to keep the clutter of shoes and jackets out of my kitchen. When I first bought my house, I added new carpet and a hand me down loveseat to make it a sitting area, but it became a catchall and didn’t serve a lot of purpose. The carpet often got dirty, and I didn’t want to keep nicer shoes and jackets on the porch since the screen door didn’t lock.
The goals for the remodel were to refresh the room to a more usable space. My plans included ripping up the carpet and replacing with tile, adding built in storage, lighting, and a door with a lock so the porch could serve as more of a true mudroom.
I’ve recently talked about my big kitchen remodel, but one of the smaller tasks is changing out my wall color. Right now, it is a retro mint green color, which I actually really love. But, I feel like my house started to become a hodge podge of colors between each room after I did my first round of painting after purchasing my house.
As I’ve done overhauls in each room, I’ve been toning down the color a little bit. I actually stuck close to my original palette, but just found a grayer, softer version of each color that refreshes and ties everything together more. My advice when painting a room is that the color is always going to be double as bold as you think it will be, so maybe take a step down from what you think you’ll like.
I’ve made a lot of progress the past few weeks on my kitchen remodel plan. I’ve gotten estimates from a few contractors and made a decision on where I will purchase my counters and who will install them. What was most important to me was to find someone who would let me do the parts of the work that I can (removing the old counters, installing the new sink), which freed up money to spend on materials. Some people were not willing to work that way, but there’s no way I’m paying someone $200 to put a sink in!
As I’ve been working on my kitchen remodel project, I’ve started thinking about new decor pieces to go along with the refresh. Also because I’m so antsy, I want to start re-decorating already.
I struggle with finding artwork pieces because I am drawn to authentic artwork (aka not just a printed canvas from IKEA). But I’m also balling on a budget, so I can’t afford to just commission real art. As I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for ideas, I came across some amazing vintage botanical prints that had free downloads to be printed. They are the perfect retro-vibe for my kitchen!
Here are my favorite downloadable prints: